Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

AJ Strauss
50(132) 1x4 - 0x6
Control %84%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on back foot
  • 5 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 0 0 2 1 0 1 7
AJ Strauss
31(107) 2x4 - 0x6
Control %70%
  • Productive Shot
  • cut shot on back foot
  • 4 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 2 4 0 2 0 2 0

Best performances - Bowlers

SI Mahmood
O21.3
M1
R100
W4
Eco4.65
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
SK Warne
O17.2
M4
R39
W5
Eco2.25
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentary

That's it from us for this Test. From me, Martin Williamson, and Will Luke thanks for staying with us and for the (almost entirely) kind comments throughout. I will be back with a rested Jenny Thompson for the final match at Sydney on January 2. If you have feedback in the meantime, drop us a line. Just starting is the ball-by-ball coverage of the third day of the Durban Test between South Africa and India, so check that out.

The authorities have just said that anyone who had purchased tickets to Day 4 of the Test will receive a full refund, less an administration fee of $2.50 per ticket.

To answer one question that keeps coming up. We cannot do live audio from the matches as the rights are entirely with Cricket Australia, not because we don't want to!

Once again, thanks and congratulations to Australia on a thumping victory.

Presentations By the time the advertising-sodden stage has been assembled most of the 79,000 crowd have left, leaving the Barmy Army singing ... I wonder if they have noticed England have been routed? Thanks for the feedback. Most of it suggests that England's best bet is to toss Duncan Fletcher off Sydney Harbour Bridge before the final Test ...

Shane Warne is Man of the Match "We showed our class in a couple of tight situations. Through this whole game I've been enjoying myself and it's a fantastic team to be involved with. The public have been fantastic ... we've tried to play good cricket and when the big punches needed to be landed, we've done so."

Ricky Ponting "We've got a lot to prove to people about what a good cricket team we are and we want to send Glenn and Shane off with a win."

Andrew Flintoff "We've got to regroup ... we want to win a game in Australia."

Close Australia quickly huddle together for a private team moment and then emerge grinning with their souvenirs. Warne peels off and applauds the crowd who in turn stand and give him a marvellous send off ... a few yards away McGrath is also getting his own ovation. The disconsolate England side emerge from the shadows to shake hands with the Australians ...

Warne is lofted onto Hayden and Symonds' shoulders and he waves to the spectators as his two team-mates puff and then put him down. And then, fittingly, Warne and McGrath leave the arena together arm in arm. Stay with us for the presentations shortly ...

Where now for England ... can they fight back for a consolation win or are they down and out ... if you have any thoughts, drop us a line

65.5
W
Lee to Hoggard, OUT, that's it, full and right through Hoggard's half-hearted defence
65.4
1
Lee to Read, 1 run, another easy single
65.3
0
Lee to Read, no run, inswinging yorker well played, Lee does the macho posture-and-threaten-to-throw routine
65.2
1
Lee to Hoggard, 1 run, steered past a sprawling gully and a single as point has to trot round
65.1
1
Lee to Read, 1 run, no more than a dead-batted block, but it has enough to bobble up to long-on

END OF OVER:
65 | 3 Runs | ENG: 158/9

  • MJ Hoggard4 (18b)
  • CMW Read24 (74b)
  • SK Warne19-3-46-2
  • B Lee18-6-44-3

Apologies ... acrophobic was utterly inappropriate, I meant claustrophobic ...

64.6
0
Warne to Hoggard, no run, watched all the way, solidly defended

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

AJ Strauss
50(132) 1x4 - 0x6
Control %84%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on back foot
  • 5 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 0 0 2 1 0 1 7
AJ Strauss
31(107) 2x4 - 0x6
Control %70%
  • Productive Shot
  • cut shot on back foot
  • 4 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 2 4 0 2 0 2 0

Best performances - Bowlers

SI Mahmood
O21.3
M1
R100
W4
Eco4.65
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
SK Warne
O17.2
M4
R39
W5
Eco2.25
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF